Sebastian came to us early last summer. He was the "pet" that my son decided to keep. He was scouting around in our back watering hole in the field and found the little guy...and I mean little at the time - about 1 1/2 inches. JJ kept him in an old dish pan with water, rocks, and a couple of other smaller crawdads. Unfortunately, the other crawdads disappeared (I think they became lunch for Sebastian!).
We eventually bought an aquarium at a garage sale (around May 1st) so that Sebastian could have a more permanent home. At the time, we really did not think the crawdad would survive. We bought some meal worms for his dinner. Since then, we have also discovered that her prefers bologna, but he will also eat the meal worms. (It is really interesting to watch him eat.) He has shed his exoskeleton several times, and he eats the skeleton when he is done. We have placed snails in the tank and a couple of more baby crawdads...he eats those, too!
So...after all that food, he has grown quite big. His body is probably about 4 to 4 1/2 inches long (I do not plan on picking him up to measure!), and his pincher's are about the size he was when we first found him.
Here he is:
|Sebastian the Crawdad|
|Sebastian eating his old skin|
The picture is a little blurry!
|A little closer|